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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2022) Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: quality standard. London: NICE. QS204.

PDF (Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder standard)

External website: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/qs204

This quality standard covers assessing and diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in children and young people. It also covers support during pregnancy to prevent FASD. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Quality statements

  • Statement 1 Pregnant women are given advice throughout pregnancy not to drink alcohol.
  • Statement 2 Pregnant women are asked about their alcohol use throughout their pregnancy and this is recorded.
  • Statement 3 Children and young people with probable prenatal alcohol exposure and significant physical, developmental or behavioural difficulties are referred for assessment.
  • Statement 4 Children and young people with confirmed prenatal alcohol exposure or all 3 facial features associated with prenatal alcohol exposure have a neurodevelopmental assessment if there are clinical concerns.
  • Statement 5 Children and young people with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) have a management plan to address their needs.

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